Should You Spray and Clean Central Air Conditioner Unit Coils?

Cleaning AC Coils:

How to Clean a Central Air Conditioning UnitWhen it’s time to complete maintenance on your air conditioning unit, you’ll want to make sure that you pay extra attention to the systems that are hidden from plain sight.

Problems will begin to develop on your AC unit when the evaporator coils become too dirty. This can cause the efficiency of your air conditioning unit to drop, can increase the change of a breakdown, and will decrease the performance of your unit.

Keep reading to learn how to go about properly cleaning AC coils!

Tips for Cleaning AC Coils

Evaporator coils should be cleaned on a regular basis. This is because evaporator coils are prone to collecting debris and dirt, which it’s why it’s recommended that they’re cleaned on a monthly basis.

When your air conditioning unit isn’t used on a regular basis, you should clean your coils once every three months.  Getting Access

Look around your AC unit until you find an access panel. Removing the access panel will give you access to the evaporator coil. If you can’t find it, make sure that you check your air conditioning manual to see where the evaporator coil on the unit is located.

Cleaning AC Coils

Small amounts of debris and dirt can be taken off of the AC coils by blowing air on the coils, until the debris is knocked loose.

Using direct compressed air to blow across the coil in the opposite direction will help to clean the dirtier side of the coils. If you’re struggling to knock off some stubborn pieces of dirt, you can spray the coil with the air nozzle closer to the bottom side of the dirt.

When you’re cleaning these coils, make sure that you’re using high pressured air. As you’re spraying the air across the coils, make sure that you direct the air at the coils on a 90-degree angle. This will prevent any damage to the fins!

As you’re cleaning the coils, make sure that you keep a consistent level of air being blown across the coils. This will help you to dislodge any buildup without taking the chance of damaging the fins because you’re forcing the dirt further into them.

Also, make sure that you take caution to avoid blowing any debris, dirt, or dust into the ductwork system in your home. It’s also recommended that you clean the AC coils outside of your home. That way, the dust that you’re removing from the AC coils doesn’t end up around your living space!

Keeping Your AC Coils Clean

It’s very important to make sure that you go about properly cleaning AC coils. This is especially important when your AC unit is being heavily used. It’ll help to ensure that your air conditioning use is running effectively, which will help save you money on your electric bill!

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